We’re in the train on our way back to Aberdeen. Here’s what we can see out the window:
Before leaving Stirling we walked to the William Wallace Monument. Is there anyone who hasn’t heard of William Wallace? Think Mel Gibson, Braveheart. Some famous battles were fought in Stirling because at one time it was thought that if you had Stirling Castle, you had Scotland and so the English and the Scottish fought over the city more than once. One famous battle, the Battle of Stirling Bridge (11th September 1297), saw the Scottish defeat the English despite having a much smaller force. The William Wallace monument was built in memory of him and is perched up on the top of a hill overlooking Stirling.
You can climb up lots of stairs to the very top of the tower but we didn’t do this. However we went into the very bottom part of it where there’s a gift shop and the Keeper’s Lodge and also some activities for children:
The William Wallace Monument is in the back left of this next photo.
Stirling has a bike rental scheme and it seems like they’re making some early progress towards making it more bike-friendly.
This is the old town gaol. Isn’t it beautiful? It looks like a castle.
It feels like we haven’t been away for the weekend for ages and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.